Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee,
Denise Bodman, Chair
Date of First Reading: April 26, 2021
Date of Second Reading: August 30, 2021
Title of Motion: Request from the College of Health Solutions – for the name change of an undergraduate degree – from: BS in Exercise and Wellness – to: BS in Clinical Exercise Science
Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.
The name change to "clinical exercise science" is considered necessary because the redesign of the degree focuses on clinical exercise physiology and exercise for the treatment of chronic diseases. We believe that the name "exercise and wellness" does not capture or convey the focus and purpose of the degree. The degree does also have a strong emphasis on scientific literacy and evidence-based practice which is reflected by the term "science." Surveys of high school students and current majors revealed a strong preference for the name "clinical exercise science" over "exercise and wellness."